Need To Know
TRANSPORT: You will need a car to reach us, and to consider a stay at this location. We have on-site parking for 5-6 cars. Read Amanda’s article ‘Why You Need a Car To Enjoy Rural Tuscany’
LOCATION: Our very carefully chosen location is an ideal launch pad from which to discover Southern Tuscany [Read Amanda’s article ‘Where to Base Yourself in Tuscany’] as well as an idyllic home base for lazy poolside days. A typical stay is at least five nights long.
FOOD: We offer the opportunity to cook/prepare your own food, on all whole days of your stay. It’s so easy to rustle up a gourmet Summer meal in our area, with the correct equipment, and impossible to resist the local specialities offered in the hill towns. We have a double-equipped modern garden kitchen and 2 BBQs exclusively for our guests.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS: We are well served for eating out, with several excellent restaurants close by—including a historic steak house, at our neighbour’s organic ranch, one mile away. There are good places to enjoy local specialities within a few minutes’ drive in all directions: Read about our local favourites at our Local Restaurants page. Weekend nights must be booked in advance. We are happy to reserve for you, email us.
PLEASE NOTE: Nothing, including supermarkets, is accessible on foot!
BREAKFAST: Breakfast varies with the seasons and is 100% made from scratch. During the Summer months, our pastured eggs feature. Home baked pâtisserie, fresh from the oven feature at times of year when the eggs might be in short supply [15 September to 15 May]. Fresh cut local seasonal fruit is served when available. Malvin’s 100% homemade yogurt, bread, butter, and preserves are available year round. Breakfast is served from 9:00 AM.
THE FARM: This property is essentially a luxury homestead or ‘Podere’ and we continue the tradition of keeping some heritage breed livestock: We have a very special breed of bantam, typical for these types of farmhouses until the 1950s, as well as a few ducks and geese. The birds are hand reared by us and used to people—they will ignore you and go about their business. The larger birds are excluded from the areas you will use, including the pool gardens, but the little Bantams, who can fly, cannot be wholly contained, but give so much personality to the gardens. As an Agriturismo [or farm stay property], we produce Wild Harvest quality Saffron and Olive oil.
RECEPTION: We are definitely not a hotel. Perhaps the biggest difference is that we cannot accept spontaneous [early] arrivals: We must expect you, and be ready to welcome you, to accept you on-site. Contact us at least 24-48 hours in advance, to request earlier than standard / booked arrival time. About late arrival [later than 9:00 PM] This is never a problem if we are aware in advance: Please tell us about this, with your journey/flight details as soon as possible, including leaving a message with your booking at the comments section.